Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Living Spiritual Rhythms - July 31

Many believers assume the fixed absolute authority of the Bible, so I’m aware that what follows doesn’t often happen, but I think it should. Adopting a version of authority for the biblical text ought to be tentative, not complete. Here’s why. Authority has to take into account an ANE, Jewish and Greco-Roman setting, the natural world, the theological environment, and the literary context if it’s to have credibility. In the hope of understanding and explaining the text better after engaging with these informers, the plausibility of ‘authority’ can only then be assessed. On this account, I’d wager that the outcome should be that authority is going to be in motion and will have to be open to the emerging and unfolding information available to us as time goes on.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Reflection for the Week - July 29

Hermeneutical entanglements are complex and sometimes conflicting as we dialogue with ourselves,
others, the world, and God. They appear, at least to me, to have no end.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Living Spiritual Rhythms - July 24

Appropriate trust is like a virus that infects us with courage when it comes to reversing an inappropriate fear of self-deception about belief.

Spreading through our hearts, minds, emotions, imaginations, and senses, we begin to be able to understand that appropriate trust pertains to who we are, who God is, and what kind of world we live in. Life is far more than a perception of the material world, yet not less. These notions of selfhood and connection are therefore valuable to what’s comprehensible. Reflect on our capacity to be here and there, in story, geography, and dream, as we emerge from and move beyond ourselves. Imagination is a key that can contribute to unlocking access to a possible world, edging us past the seen to the unseen, so that we become trekkers into the transcendent.       


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Reflection for the Week - July 23

Drawing conclusions about the world from solely one perspective is reductionistic. By contrast, we want to recognize that reality has to be viewed from a multiplicity of intricate angles and variable vistas. Whether climbing a high Alpine peak or walking through a city, much of what we perceive deserves a skillful attention to detail that may first escape us. 'Looking again,' perhaps, should be a key feature of being holistic, founded as it is on the exceedingly complex character of nature and God.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Engadine. Alpes Suisse. July 18


Monday, July 15, 2019

Reflection for the Week - July 15

Literary genres in the biblical text are not merely formal structures or conventions, but function as theological directives concerning the complexity of the character of God. Genre diversity, in the biblical drama, opens horizons and dimensions of God that no single genre can contain, yet even this is intriguingly incomplete. Narrative, wisdom, poetry, hymn, prophecy, and apocalyptic, for example, valiantly attempt to portray in words that which is ultimately beyond capturing: God.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Reflection for the Week - July 8

I’m not concerned to defend the biblical text, but first to better understand by what authority it makes its claims, or as it were, tells its story. That is, when engaging the text, its authority should be articulated and clarified, rather than merely assumed. Several things need to be taken into account, including the ANE - Jewish and Greco-Roman setting, the natural world informer, the theological environment, and the literary context. My hope is to assess what authority is plausible and where and how it is to be identified. No doubt evaluations will change over time, so this is probably a lifelong task, but nonetheless one that is worthwhile undertaking.


Monday, July 1, 2019

Reflection for the Week - July 1

Life and the Christian life don't seem to be about resolution, but tension. Questions about God’s goodness, nature, and living as a Christian in a terribly messy world, for example, are unresolved and thus continue to be an existential part of it all. Doubt is ever present, but it doesn't reign. I never start at zero, because I live on the basis of accumulated information and experience, yet the theological, philosophical, and scientific mysteries remain open to further investigation in the sphere of what is known and still unknown.